Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) injections have the ability to naturally strengthen weak or damaged ligaments and tendons causing instability and pain.
PRP has been shown to improve healing in soft tissue and bone. The growth factors within the platelet-rich plasma encourage formation of new cells. This process improves tendon and bone strength, as well as stimulates muscle regeneration.
PRP can be injected into elbows, wrists, shoulders, knees, ankles and feet.
It is possible to see significant improvement from one treatment depending on the severity of the condition being treated. For more severe cases, multiple treatment sessions will be necessary, and protocols will be formed on an individual basis.
Results from PRP joint injections are typically seen within the first 2-3 weeks following treatment. Regeneration and repair will continue for months, providing continuous and long term results. For those that will need multiple or maintenance treatments for conditions such as arthritis, the time frame of results may vary.
Pain at the injection site, stiffness of the joint, swelling, and bruising, immediately following the procedure are normal side effects. Symptoms will vary in duration depending on the individual case. Allergic reaction and infection are possible severe adverse effects and concerns should be reported to the physician immediately. Activity should be limited for the first 48 hours following the procedure. For upper extremity joints, certain activities will be limited for up to 6 weeks. Crutches are often recommended for the first 48 hours for lower body joints, or until walking does not increase pain. Specific instructions will be given on the day of your procedure.